Jargon Buster

Glossary of common education and related terminology.

AfL         Assessment for Learning. The ongoing process of assessing children's

                progress so that the level of challenge and support can be adjusted to

                 match their ability.


EAL        English as an Additional Language Refers to children whose first

                language(s) is/are not English and who may not yet be speaking

                English fluently or even at all.


EYFS       Early Years Foundation Stage           A framework for care and education of

                children from birth to five years of age.


EBD         Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.


EWO        Education Welfare Officer. A person employed by the Local Authority to

                 help parents and the LA meet their statutory obligations in relation to

                 school attendance.


FSM         Free School Meals.


G & T        Gifted and Talented.


HLTA         Higher Level Teaching Assistant.


IT/ ICT      Information Technology / Information and Communication Technology.


INSET        In-Service Education and Training. Training for teachers which takes

                   place during the school year.


ITT              Initial Teacher Training.


KS1             Key Stage 1 covers Year 1 and Year 2: ie.5-7 years old.


KS2              Key Stage 2 covers Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6: ie.7-11 years



LA                 Local Authority.


MFL              Modern Foreign Languages.


MLD              Moderate Learning Difficulties.


NN                 Nursery Nurse.


NQT               Newly Qualified Teacher.


PE                   Physical Education.


PGCE              Post Graduate Certificate in Education


PPA                 Planning, Preparation and Assessment Time for teachers


PSHE               Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education.


QTS                  Qualified Teacher Status.


RE                     Religious Education.


SATs                 Standard Attainment Tests/Tasks. National Curriculum Tests and Tasks


SBM                  School Business Manager


SENDCO           Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.


SLT                    Senior Leadership Team.


TA                      Teaching Assistant.